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‘Masa’ being tried for allegedly posting X-rated video on Facebook

The trial for Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton, who is accused of posting X-rated video on social media, has begun in the Magistrate’s Court. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton is in the history books of the Virgin Islands judicial system as being the first person to be tried for posting an alleged X-rated video on social media.

The case before the Magistrate’s Court accuses him of posting a video of businessman and former police officer Magnus Rickie Latchman having a woman performing oral sex on him. Latchman has also been charged for causing prostitution of a woman as evident in the video.

Pemberton, who was charged for the alleged offence back in October 2015, faced the court of law on March 7, 2017 when he pleaded not guilty at which time the trial commenced and police officer Adrianne Grant-Davies of the Family and Juvenile Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) testified to seeing the post.

Sexual content was on FB for more than 5 mins- Police

Grant-Davies told the court, among other things, that the video was on Pemberton’s Facebook page longer than five minutes as he had initially told police officers when interviewed. Giving graphic description of what she saw, Grant-Davies recounted seeing what appeared to have been Latchman’s penis protruding out of his pants and a woman kneeling doing what seemed to have been oral sex on the man.

The person who did the videotaping was also heard telling Latchman not to ‘come’ in the woman’s mouth.

Pemberton allegedly confessed during police interview to posting the video but said it was because if his fame as a social media person that someone had given him the video to post; however, after realising the graphic content he took it down.

Pemberton is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Valerie Stephens-Gordon. The case continues in the Magistrate’s Court on April 3, 2017.

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